Creation/Creativity Digital Tools for Students

It has been over 10 years since Sir Ken Robinson first spoke at a Ted Talk and asked the question “Do schools kill creativity?”   Educators are still discussing how students can be encouraged to be creative and to accept ‘failure’ as part of a positive learning process. Here are some tools to use with your students to explore and stimulate their natural creativity for learning.  Give them time to reflect on their creative process too!

Piktochart -simple, intuitive tool that helps you tell your story with the visual impact

Canva– Canva is a graphic-design tool website – It uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. More info at EdShelf

Thinglink –  an interactive media platform that allows students to use multimedia content and links to share their knowledge and tell their story by tagging images or videos with hotspots that include additional information.

PowToon– Students create awesome videos and presentations

Educreations – an interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that’s simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept.

Explain Everything – Create interactive learning experiences where students and teachers can share thoughts and ideas in real-time. There is a fee with this one.

Book Creator – “Book Creator is a simple tool for creating awesome digital books. Create your own teaching resources or have your students take the reins.”

StoryBird – Create visual stories and improve writing & creativity skills

Visit CommonSense Media at Find an EdTech Tool for more ideas and reviews of tech tools for your classroom.  EdShelf will also provide ideas, reviews, and recommendations for education tech tools.

Christine Schein

Christine Schein

Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist at Colorado Department of Education
Christine Schein is a Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist with the Colorado Department of Education. She has a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis in Information Technology and School Library Media. Although her undergraduate degree is in Sociology/Criminal Justice and her work experience spans various business fields, her real passion is students and their future as responsible citizens in the world. She has presented at numerous conferences including ISTE, AASL, CoSN, CASE, and InnEdCo. Christine also has CoSN’s CETL certification.
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